Singapore’s New Live Jazz Club Opens with Artist Omar Lye Fook

Singapore’s New Live Jazz Club Opens with Artist Omar Lye Fook

Discover an international mix of emerging and established talent at Singapore’s newest upscale music club.  As their sixth international location, the Montreux Jazz Café selected Singapore as their newest location and first in Asia. Paying homage to musical legends and an ambassador of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Café combines the late festival founder, Claude Nobs’ two passions, live music and gastronomy. Nobs was known for his signature dishes prepared for artists throughout the festival, and menu items, such as Ella’s Cheesecake, named after Ella Fitzgerald, and the Quincy Jones Chicken celebrate these musical legends. The design of the club incorporates original festival memorabilia, including 50 years of live recorded festival performances and elegantly positioned black and white festival photography of world famous musical talent. Table top and bar seating positioned in view of the stage provides you with a comfortable experience to enjoy live performances while enjoying the extensive contemporary menu and cocktails. As a gateway to Asia, the Singapore venue aims to be a platform for emerging and established artists with weekly live performances. While Jazz has consistently been a component of their musical offering, the Festival expanded its range of talent since its inception in 1967 to include rhythm and blues, rock, pop and hip hop. Mirroring the Festival, the Café features musical talent both local and international, offering you a broad range of music to enjoy. British, neo-soul performer Omar Lye Fook, a regular performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival kicked off the Café’s opening in October 2016 introducing his unique sound to Singapore. Omar is a great example of the calibre of talent that...
Meet Chef Hyde of Maggie Joan’s | A Young Talent to Watch

Meet Chef Hyde of Maggie Joan’s | A Young Talent to Watch

  Inspired by the owners’ Greek grandmothers, who championed a Mediterranean spirit of gracious gatherings around food and friends, the restaurant name Maggie Joan’s was born.  A secret entrance in the back ally of Gemmill Lane sets the tone for the downtown chic vibe that waits for you beyond the rustic iron door entrance. With dim lighting, a curated mix of eclectic sound, and industrial designed interiors softened with rich woods, guests are invited to comfortably settle in for a glorious culinary journey. While seating is divided into three sections, the middle section of church pew banquette seating under oversized copper chandeliers is the ideal location, properly positioned for a direct view of the bustling open kitchen. A bowl of ripe multi-colored heirloom tomatoes next to a freshly baked plum tart sits on the subway tiled kitchen counter hinting to the cuisine’s artisanal nature. The food is simply crazy good and speaks directly to the talent of the young Executive Chef, Oliver Hyde. Growing up on the countryside of Norwich, England, farm to table cuisine was simply how Chef Oliver Hyde was raised. His Michelin star training set the foundation for his creative balance of flavors and precise determination to only deliver perfection. Whether you are living in Singapore or passing through, this is one restaurant to include on your itinerary. To learn more about this talented Chef and Maggie Joan’s, please read our interview with Chef Oliver Hyde and facts section.  Link to Maggie Joan’s Picture Gallery  Interview with Oliver Hyde, Head Chef, Maggie Joan’s TL: I understand that you grew up with a father and grandmother that were Chefs,...
FOOD ZURICH | A Guide To Zurich’s First Citywide Food Festival

FOOD ZURICH | A Guide To Zurich’s First Citywide Food Festival

This September, FOOD ZURICH is launching the first citywide annual food festival showcasing Zurich’s dynamic culinary offering. From September 8-18, 2016, over 100 culinary events throughout Zurich are focusing on celebrating haute cuisine, street food and everything in-between. Kicking off the food festival is the Opening Party at Jelmoli fine foods market. This event is bringing together an international mix of Zurich’s top hotel chefs with culinary representatives from Spain’s Basque region to present an unforgettable tasting event. Multicultural tastings continue over the 11 days with a Street Food Festival hosted by 70 local vendors preparing international tastings from tacos, dumplings, and truffle eggs to Korean Soul Food and strudel. Other interactive events incorporate art and food, sustainable food themes, international food and beverage workshops and tastings, festival menus from 70 participating restaurants, and a number of cultural foodie tours. With such a diverse line-up of events, there is something for everyone, locals, visitors, novices, and experts, alike. Be sure to read our recommended events section and learn how the co-founder, Simon Mouttet, and his partner were inspired to create FOOD ZURICH.   Interview with Simon Mouttet, Co-Founder of FOOD ZURICH TL: Can you tell us about you and your co-founders backgrounds? What was your inspiration for the event and why is 2016 the perfect time to launch this culinary event? SM: I was previously with Zurich Tourism, and my co-founder, Alexandra Heitzer, was the producer of a gourmet event in Zurich, Il Tovola. We were impressed with the food festivals throughout Europe, such as the Copenhagen Food Festival, so we teamed up with Zurich Tourism to bring foodies...
The Epicure | Zurich’s Michelin Star-Studded Culinary Event

The Epicure | Zurich’s Michelin Star-Studded Culinary Event

This September, for the third consecutive year, Chef Heiko Nieder of the Dolder Grand Hotel is orchestrating Zurich’s most prestigious fine dining event, The Epicure. Awarded two Michelin Stars and 18 GaultMillau points, Chef Nieder is the perfect founder to bring together an extraordinary group of international culinary masterminds including 12 Michelin Star Chefs, Pastry, Wine and Spirit Specialists from Europe and the USA for this five-day gourmet experience. The highlight of the Epicure is the four Evenings events allowing guests to indulge in an exclusive eight-course menu prepared by Chef Nieder together with a guest three Michelin Star Chef. Throughout the week, guests can participate in individual Master Classes led by world-renowned experts on spirits, wines, caviar, cigars, and of course, chocolate. Closing the Epicure is The Final, an informal gathering inviting guests to mix and mingle with like-minded foodies and great talent while enjoying the Chefs’ innovative specialties coupled with fine wines and cocktails mixed to perfection by Diageo’s World Class Champion. This is one event that you will want to book early as individual events sell out months in advance. Read our exclusive interview with Chef Heiko Nieder as he tells us about the development of Zurich’s fine dining scene, his inspiration for The Epicure, and what to look forward to in September.   Interview with Chef Fine Dining, Heiko Nieder of the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland TL: How is the interest in Gourmet Dining developing in Zurich and what are customers asking for in their gourmet dining experience? HN: Zurich is becoming a food destination. Over the last few years, an increasing number of fine...
Brennan’s New Orleans | The Rebirth of A Fine Dining Legacy

Brennan’s New Orleans | The Rebirth of A Fine Dining Legacy

Celebrating one year as Executive Chef of Brennan’s, Chef Slade Rushing is realizing his childhood dream, while restoring the iconic restaurant Brennan’s reputation for great food. Under the direction of restaurateur Ralph Brennan, this is no surprise as he has developed a number of successful restaurants throughout New Orleans and beyond, filling the restaurants with teams that share his vision of giving customers an unforgettable experience in cuisine, service and atmosphere. New owners, Ralph Brennan and entrepreneur Terry White’s estimated 20 million dollar renovation of the restaurant is certainly easy on the eyes, thanks to architect, John Williams and interior designer, Keith Langham. This gorgeous refurbished space is an authentic representation of New Orleans to locals and visitors alike incorporating the old world elegance of the French Quarter with all the whimsey and glamour the city offers. While the classics have stayed on the menu, there are new and exciting twists incorporating the melting pot of vibrant cultures in New Orleans. Innovative Creole dishes have revived the menu, such as the Blue Crabmeat Remoulade with a shaved jicama, avocado and mango. Read our interview with Chef Slade Rushing for a closer look at Chef Rushing’s journey to becoming Executive Chef of Brennan’s and his passion for creating unforgettable dishes. Link to Brennan’s New Orleans Gallery Interview with Chef Slade Rushing, Executive Chef, Brennan’s New Orleans TL: While growing up in a rural area of Mississippi, your parents made an effort to visit New Orleans on a regular basis for Creole fine dining classics. Tell me about your first memory of these dining experiences in New Orleans? SR: Growing up in Mississippi,...
Discover Tequila for A Shot of Mexico Tourism!

Discover Tequila for A Shot of Mexico Tourism!

If your only reference to Tequila is a mind-bending hangover, then it is time for a refresh… Tequila Espiritu De Mexico, the tourism arm of the legendary Jose Cuervo Tequila brand is forging the redevelopment of Tequila, Mexico. Led by Jose Cuervo’s visionary, Juan Beckmann has personally funded the USD $250 million development project with the goal of bringing 1 million tourists to Tequila annually by 2020. Year 2040 marks Beckmann’s 100 year birthday, and this refreshed, redeveloped Tequila will be Mr. Beckmann’s gift to the community that has contributed so much to his family’s success for generations. Phase 1 has been completed including a luxury hotel, state of the art conference facilities, distillery tours, fine tequila tastings, and the Jose Cuervo Express Train making it easier and more entertaining for tourists to travel to Tequila. Once only accessible by car or bus, tourists can now relax in luxury on the train, while taking in the breathtaking views of the blue agave field landscape and sipping on fine Tequila. Phase 2, scheduled for completion in September 2016, will be enhanced by additional guest rooms and a 4000sm shopping mall. The mall will feature a regionally focused Arts and Crafts Center and Museum where visitors will be able to observe regional crafts in the making. Authenticity will be the key asset to their development and discovering the charm of Tequila and Mexico’s heritage. Read the interview below with Cees Houweling, Director of Operations of Grupo JB, and Juan Pablo Ramirez, Maestro De Tequileo of Jose Cuervo to learn about the new vision and development of Tequila, the destination and how to properly experience fine Tequila, the spirit....

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